The year 2021 was looking like the year of Bollywood’s resurgence. Announcements for new films were being made one after the other, shoots were getting started and wrapped up as well. But the Covid pandemic refuses to slow down, and hence Maharashtra theatres have been shut till April 30. This in turn has led to filmmakers rethinking about their releases.
Rohit Shetty has postponed the already delayed 'Sooryavanshi', again. What happens to the rest of the biggies- 'Thalaivi' in April, 'Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai' and 'Satayameva Jayate 2' in May, and so on? Does the entire year seem set for a reshuffle?
Experts and makers believe so. Producer Anand Pandit, who has delayed the theatrical release of his Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Chehre', says, “Unfortunately, we have only got 52 Fridays in a year, and there are usually 300-400 films. Entire months of April and May will go, I am sure films will start releasing only after June. It will disturb the whole calendar.”
Rajender Jyala, Chief Programming Officer, INOX Leisure, says while south releases are on track so far, Hindi films will change their dates. “Sooryavanshi will have to find a new release date now. We don’t know when the theatres will reopen. Once that clarity comes, then there scheduling will happen in the whole lineup,” he says.